Two Sonoma State University students were arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony graffiti vandalism after they were spotted tagging a Highway 101 sound wall in Cotati, police said.
Ethan Zogg and Marco Polanco-Gruszynski, both 18 and residents of Rohnert Park, are also accused of conspiracy to commit felony vandalism, said Cotati Police Chief Michael Parish.
Parish said a neighborhood resident notified police that two men were spray-painting the highway sound wall near the Maple Avenue cul-de-sac, south of Gravenstein Highway and west of Highway 101.
A police sergeant spotted Zogg and Polanco-Gruszynski spray-painting the barrier. Police said they found six cans of spray paint in Polanco-Gruszynski’s backpack. Zogg admitted to previously spray-painting the wall, police said.
Parish said the two are being charged with conspiracy because they executed a plan to go to Maple Avenue to commit their crime. Both were booked into Sonoma County jail and were released on $10,000 bail.
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